In addition to offering vaccination services, deworming, and checking animal ears for parasites, the St. George’s University’s Small Animal Clinic is also dispensing a surprise benefit—a deeper emotional bonding between pets and their Grenadian owners.
“We are helping pets live longer,” said Dr. Wayne Sylvester, veterinary clinician at SAC and assistant professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine. “The illnesses that pets would have been euthanized for in the past are now being properly diagnosed and treated and healthy pets are returned to happy owners. The confidence pet owners have in our veterinary care improves their ability to bond with them and leads to an improvement in how the pets are cared for. It’s a win all the way around.”
The SGU Small Animal Clinic offers routine and emergency medical care for dogs, cats and exotic pets and emphasizes preventive care. Services provided include x-rays, ultrasounds, endoscopy, blood work, and dentistry. The Clinic has a clientele of more than 1,200 and handles close to 200 patients on average each week.
Although the Grenada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) and a few local public or private vet practitioners also offer veterinary services, Dr. Sylvester noted that the most severe cases, especially emergencies, are brought to the SGU clinic. In addition to medical interventions for pets, the clinic focuses on client education. “A lot of work has been done by the clinic, and the School of Veterinary Medicine as a whole, in educating pet owners on what it means to own and care for a pet,” said Dr. Sylvester.
The clinic serves all of Grenada, including the sister isles of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, and even has a special program to have pets transported from these islands via the inter-island sea shuttle. To ensure that its services are within financial reach of everyone, the SGU Small Animal Clinic offers affordable payment plans in addition to participating in the numerous outreaches organized by the School of Veterinary Medicine to bring free and convenient veterinary care throughout Grenada.